Hetherington, Robert J

  • Hetherington, Robert J, b.c.1924
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The collection is predominantly concerned with contraception (especially oral contraception) drug toxicity and thalidomide. It consists mainly of press cuttings but there is a large collection of advertising material for oral contraceptives with some notes and correspondence. Dr Hetherington was collecting material during the 1960s and 1970s both agreeing and disagreeing with his own ideas on these contentious issues.



Physical description

38 boxes


As far as possible the material has been maintained in the order in which it was kept by Dr Hetherington except in cases where this had broken down due to bulk. Because of the special nature of this collection there are inevitably areas of overlap between various files. For example general files contain items relating to specific products. Some cross-referencing has been carried out but anyone using the collection is advised to study the whole list. The sections are as follows:

A Oral contraception: producers and their products

B Conferences on contraception

C Diseases and their connection with oral contraception

D Oral contraception: Miscellaneous

E Contraception: General

F Drugs

G Drug Abuse

H Thalidomide

J Other interests

Acquisition note

This collection was given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre (known as Archives and Manuscripts following its merger with Western Manuscripts in July 2000) in 1984 in memory of his sister-in-law, Carol Walker by Dr R J Hetherington, formerly a physician in Birmingham.

Related material

At Wellcome Collection: PP/ASP, PP/CDW, SA/BMA, SA/FPA, SA/NBT, GC/150, GC/193.

Terms of use

This collection has been catalogued and is available to library members. Some items have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records.

Appraisal note

Some samples of oral contraceptives during sorting have been removed and given to the Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum.

Accruals note

4 transfer boxes received July 2013 (acc. 1999), consisting of: printed material, articles, advertising literature etc. relating to oral contraceptives. Smaller amount is included relating to Thalidomide.


The catalogue is available on microfiche via the National Inventory of Documentary Sources (NIDS).

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Accession number

  • 171
  • 1999